Perhaps the most telling title is "Who They Wish I Was." On it, Scott's muted trumpet converses in short, eloquent musical sentences with the relentless patter and hum of Williams's snare and Fields's piano. That Harmon-muted trumpet, the sound of those lines, are the only musical hints that this piece has to do with some people's "wish" that Scott pattern himself after Miles Davis. Scott's dense liner notes take specific issue with the desire of his elders that he — or jazz — be any one thing. "Scott's still my name," he tells me on the phone. "I'm just adding on to the name so it reflects a more global idea of what my history is." Hey, no argument from me. But I'm enjoying the enlightening and spirited debates Scott is having with his bandmates and the world at large.
CHRISTIAN SCOTT | Scullers, DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston | August 10 | 8 + 10 pm | $25 | 617.562.4111 or scullersjazz.com
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